Chronixx, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Morgan Heritage are the Jamaican nominees for Best Reggae Album in the 2018 Grammy Awards. Chorine’s Chronology, Marley’s Stony Hill and Morgan Heritage’s Avrakedabra are up against Common Kings’ Lost in Paradise and J Boog’s Wash House Ting. J Boog is of Samoan descent and born in the US, while members of the California, US, based Common Kings have roots
Chronixx, Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley and Morgan Heritage are the Jamaican nominees for Best Reggae Album in the 2018 Grammy Awards. Chorine’s Chronology, Marley’s Stony Hill and Morgan Heritage’s Avrakedabra are up against Common Kings’ Lost in Paradise and J Boog’s Wash House Ting. J Boog is of Samoan descent and born in the US, while members of the California, US, based Common Kings have roots in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga.
The full list of nominees was announced this morning. The 2018 Grammy Awards ceremony takes place at Madison Square Garden, New York City on January 28.
Chronixx is nominated for his very first Grammy for the Best Reggae Album with the “Chronology Album” Chronology is a 16 track album that was release on the 7th of July 2017. Rooted in various elements of Jamaican music, Chronixx ventures on a journey through life and sound.With Chronology, Chronixx dropped a really innovative and unexpected album; in musical and ideological terms, a border-crossing and transgressive debut, which deals with controversies and truths through upright effort and emotion on a musical platform that sometimes refuses to be reggae, but never to be Jamaican.
Damian Jr. Gong Marley is now at his 5th Grammy nomination with 3 wins for Best Reggae Album. “Stony Hill” is a 23 track album that was released on 21st of July 2017. There has been a long wait for this album, and given the triumph of its predecessor, one could forgive Marley for taking his time. Stony Hill not only marks the work of an artist that has, almost inconceivably, maintained the Jamrock momentum from a dozen years ago, but has reloaded with jet fuel along the way. This is set of songs that are as powerful as singles in the digital download age as they are within the complete thought of an album. In fact, it is as an album on which the scope and sensation must be experienced in sequence, from start to finish, in order to be fully appreciated. Let’s only hope that we don’t have to wait another 12 years for more from Jr. Gong.
Morgan Heritage is now nominated for their 2 album with 1 win for the Best Reggae Album with the album. “Avrakedabra” is a 15 track album that was released on 19th of May 2017.Avrakedabra is infused with many shades of reggae fusions and, because of Morgan Heritage’s skills as musicians, all of these blends are, at minimum, well executed.
Common Kings, a cross-cultural pop/rock band heavily inspired by soul and reggae, Common Kings feature guitarist Taumata Grey, lead singer JR King, bassist Ivan Kirimaua, and drummer Jerome Taito. The musicians, whose roots are in Hawaii, Samoa, Fiji, and Tonga, operated out of Costa Mesa, California and busied themselves as a live act known for their laid-back but upbeat sound. Common Kings is nominated for their very Grammy for Best Reggae Album. “Lost In Paradise” is a 12 track album that was released on the 3rd of February 2017.
J Boog fuses reggae with R&B, hip-hop, and rock, J Boog is the stage name of Jerry Afemata, who was born in Long Beach, California but primarily raised in Compton. J Boog is now nominated for 2 albums for Grammy Best Reggae Album. “Wash House Ting” is a 14 track album that was released on 18 of November 2016.